About the Onondaga County
Onondaga County was formed on March
5th, 1794, becoming the 21st county is New York State. The County Sheriff's Office was also formed on March 5th. The Sheriff
was an appointed post, appointed by the Governor, and an oath of office was required. Terms of office were limited to a single
four-year term; they could not hold office for a consecutive term. Sheriffs were paid by a fee system for services rendered
- serving civil process, transporting prisoners, and making arrests.
Today, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s
Office is a modern law enforcement agency providing law enforcement and custody services.
The agency employs more than 650 personnel in a variety of assignments. As
an example, during 2006, deputy sheriffs from the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Section responded to more
than 72,000 calls for service. In addition to answer calls for service, the Patrol
Section has a Bike Patrol Team, Community Relations/DARE Unit, School Resource Officers and Youth Officers.
The Major Crimes Section of the Onondaga
County Sheriff’s Office is organized into the Felony Crimes Unit; Fire Investigation Unit; Intelligence Unit; Special
Investigations Unit; Truth Verification Unit; and, Warrants Investigation Unit. The Truth Verification Unit “consists
of three polygraphists who provide assistance in criminal investigations along with the pre-employment screening process.
The polygraphists are deputies that have completed certified training in the field of polygraph examination and truth verification.”
The Onondaga County Sheriff’s
Office custody responsibilities are handled by is Security and Operations Division, Support Services Division and Research
and Development Division. Primary custody responsibilities are maintained in
the operation division’s four sections: Booking, control, housing and transport.